11 days in St. Helena, California’s Central Coast & Carmel Itinerary

11 days in St. Helena, California’s Central Coast & Carmel Itinerary

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11 days in St. Helena, California’s Central Coast & Carmel Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Little Rock

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 23rd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Mumm Napa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena online driving holiday planner .

Little Rock to St. Helena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Little Rock to St. Helena. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Little Rock in June: high temperatures in St. Helena hover around 83°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Mumm Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Castello di Amorosa
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Steinbeck Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then learn about winemaking at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, and finally do a tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 27th (Thu), wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Point Sur State Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In June, daytime highs in Carmel are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Moonstone Beach, shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and finally take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cambria day trip app .

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Cambria are warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 1st (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip app .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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